Seoul, South Korea – A state media photo of a North Korean soldier in a super-tight blue dress has created a buzz on social media, with some calling him “a superhero,” “a captain of the DPRK,” or “a rocket man”. Said.
He was among about 30 soldiers who posed with leader Kim Jong Un during an exhibition of weapons systems on Monday. North Korea published photos of the incident the next day.
They all wore mostly olive green uniforms, the most common color for North Korean military uniforms. Only two of them wore different colors – one in blue and the other in dark blue, which is not uncommon. Kim wore a dark suit.
Some Twitter users in South Korea, the US and elsewhere mocked his appearance, saying he looked like a “human cannon ball” or the North Korean equivalent of Captain America.
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Others called him a “superhero,” a “Captain DPRK,” the official abbreviation for North Korea, a “rocket man,” or a member of the (non-existent) North Korean Space Forces.
North Korean state media did not identify the man. But Jeffrey Lewis, an expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, tweeted that “looks like he’s a parachutist.”
Other North Korean photographs show Kim watching a group of jets fly into a formation during an air show ahead of the exhibition. The official Korean Central News Agency said that “a top parachutist showed landing skills, (October) flying a red party flag in the sky” ahead of the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
Images from an earlier air show in North Korea showed parachutists wearing similar blue tight outfits.